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1. “Lit Like Bic”
2. “Unlock the Swag” f/ Jace of Two-9
3. “No Flex Zone”
4. “My X”
5. “This Could Be Us”
6. “Come Get Her”
7. “Up Like Trump”
8. “Throw Sum Mo” f/ Nicki Minaj and Young Thug
9. “Yno” f/ Big Sean
10. “No Type”
11. “Safe Sex Pay Checks”

lex pretend, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:51 (three years ago) Permalink

hmm "throw sum mo" isn't quite the world-stopping masterpiece i expected of these three acts tho

lex pretend, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:52 (three years ago) Permalink

legit didn't know two-9 was a collective

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 18:48 (three years ago) Permalink

i was expecting better from "throw sum mo" but still kinda anticipating this

dyl, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 20:27 (three years ago) Permalink

it's a perfectly acceptable album cut. So far everything these guys have released has grown on me like crazy so I wouldn't put it past any of these tracks to do the same.

Thanks for starting this thread Lex!

Evan R, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 20:47 (three years ago) Permalink

i love the beat on it, time will tell on the song itself

this was still supposed to be an EP like a few weeks ago, pretty cool that the success of the singles got it bumped up to a full-length album

some dude, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 21:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Throw Sum is excellent imo. Up there with the other two.

longneck, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:13 (three years ago) Permalink

it's alright but i really wanted everyone involved to just wild out as we know they can, not anything this understated

lex pretend, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:11 (three years ago) Permalink

I was definitely ready for an understated Nicki at this point in time. I also like the concept of an understated strip club jam.

longneck, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:48 (three years ago) Permalink

well "pour it up" is over a year old now

lex pretend, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:06 (three years ago) Permalink

And from than on only overstated strip club jams are allowed? I like the way the boys' overexcitement in the verses is punctured every time by Nicki's disinterested voice + the giggly "nothing really matters anyway" quality of the beat.

longneck, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:05 (three years ago) Permalink

*then

longneck, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:06 (three years ago) Permalink

aren't 90% of strip club jams all sad submarine synths feel-my-pain emo nonsense anyway these days?

my disappointment was more that if you've got rae sremmurd AND nicki AND young thug on the same track you should be playing to their collective wilding-out strengths

lex pretend, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:00 (three years ago) Permalink

But this isn't a sad submarine synth feel my pain emo joint. It's a celebration of the absurdity of it all. And it's great.

longneck, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:29 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLa9YxV1Xps

just sayin, Thursday, 18 December 2014 02:46 (three years ago) Permalink

another good one

dyl, Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:57 (three years ago) Permalink

feel like this group needs to change their name. like, pronto

I can just, like, YOLO with Uber (bernard snowy), Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Shut up dranreb ywons

, Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:31 (three years ago) Permalink

I mean don't get me wrong, I'm all for underground musical acts having stupid names, but when you start to get mainstream exposure & radio airplay & shit you have to stop and think "actually, how are people not on the internet supposed to talk about this music"

I can just, like, YOLO with Uber (bernard snowy), Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink

i heard a radio DJ or two struggle with their name when they first started getting airplay a few months ago, now they all have pretty much gotten the hang of it. it's really not that hard to pronounce or spell.

christmas with the canks (some dude), Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:45 (three years ago) Permalink

It's fun to say imo

Number None, Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:18 (three years ago) Permalink

"throw sum mo" is ok ... the beat feels a bit too soon after "only" to me

also i'm not sure who decided nicki should be on a hook w/ no verse and young thug should rap a verse w/ no hook but i don't think it worked out -- nick sounds extremely bored

J0rdan S., Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:47 (three years ago) Permalink

for the perplexed: http://www.thefader.com/2014/12/10/r-a-e-s-r-e-m-m-u-r-d

rob, Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Every time I've heard a radio dj say their name (which is twice) they have made a point of explaining that it is ear drummers backward

Which it isn't, it's drummers ear backward

tl;dr, gukbar, morbis detrius (wins), Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:51 (three years ago) Permalink

^^^ my thoughts exactly lol

I can just, like, YOLO with Uber (bernard snowy), Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Ya'll are a bunch of sselyoj stnadep

, Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:01 (three years ago) Permalink

o ya D

tl;dr, gukbar, morbis detrius (wins), Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:04 (three years ago) Permalink

i saw a stripper dance to "silent lucidity" by queensryche once

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:05 (three years ago) Permalink

dayo otm

Dej & the Fommly Loaf (The Reverend), Thursday, 18 December 2014 21:27 (three years ago) Permalink

Nicki is supposed to sound bored! That's the conceit!

longneck, Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Every time I've heard a radio dj say their name (which is twice) they have made a point of explaining that it is ear drummers backward

― tl;dr, gukbar, morbis detrius (wins), Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:51 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I love how media pretends like everyone is dumb as fucking shit and didn't realize this within like the first four seconds of seeing their name

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:02 (three years ago) Permalink

that's discriminatory whiney

i didn't realise it until 'dranreb ywons'

fully thought this was a female name. like a scandinavian one or something

*emoticon where the person is waving their arms like idk yo*

left yall the open zing goal obv

imago, Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:04 (three years ago) Permalink

i didn't realize it until now

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:08 (three years ago) Permalink

i always thought it was "drummers ear,"like swimmers ear or something

een, Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:10 (three years ago) Permalink

I esteem the word sremmurd, it is truly beautiful, but I prefer it without the 'sh' sound which also turns the drummers ear thing into sean connery

ogmor, Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:43 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.thefader.com/2014/12/29/stream-rae-sremmurd-debut-album

Nourry, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 05:34 (three years ago) Permalink

idk i like some of these beats but some better choruses plz

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 06:01 (three years ago) Permalink

like unlock the swag is toxic no thanks

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 30 December 2014 06:18 (three years ago) Permalink

^ ronglife

would have been 100% perfect but for the safe sex psa finale (maybe the big sean one too)

so excellent tho. 'this could be us'!

r|t|c, Thursday, 1 January 2015 14:14 (three years ago) Permalink

i couldn't find this stream on uk itunes?

lex pretend, Thursday, 1 January 2015 15:14 (three years ago) Permalink

i don't even hate the safe sex finale, it's quite sweet

really good album! the beats are so excellent. not disappointed at all

lex pretend, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 12:26 (three years ago) Permalink

thumbs up to my itunes for segueing into "one touch" as a bonus track

lex pretend, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 12:29 (three years ago) Permalink

who here has the best Rae Sremmurd name? I'm pretty happy with La Yelpihs but Divad Ekard is fire.

un chill goon (some dude), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 14:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Diva D!

Xela Nosrehpcam starts off well but descends badly

happy bday La Yelpihs btw

lex pretend, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 14:25 (three years ago) Permalink

La Yelpihs sounds like a supergroup of female indie vocalists

lex pretend, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 14:26 (three years ago) Permalink

Mine just sounds Hawai'ian

, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 14:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Vote in the poll btw guys NO (choose one): FLEX ZONE | TYPE

, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 14:34 (three years ago) Permalink

noslen darb motherfuckers

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 15:40 (three years ago) Permalink

sounds like some kind of post dilla / flying lotus affair

Tim F, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 15:55 (three years ago) Permalink

maybe they'll play "Hurts to Look" during montages of the Celtics on offense instead.

evol j, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:46 (three months ago) Permalink

'Slime green paint, peanut butter inside' - Powerglide definitely one of my pop songs of the year

loud horn beeping jazzsplaining arse (dog latin), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 19:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Swae's "Guatemala" is a pretty forgettable "Unforgettable" rip. But still loving the flood of new material from these guys. Triple-album rollouts are fun

Evan R, Thursday, 12 April 2018 21:31 (three months ago) Permalink

maybe they'll play "Hurts to Look" during montages of the Celtics on offense instead.

― evol j, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:46 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i laughed

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Thursday, 12 April 2018 21:40 (three months ago) Permalink

'Powerglide' is the fastest five and a half minutes in pop.

mr.raffles, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:55 (three months ago) Permalink

it seems i have yet another objectively wrong opinion about rae sremmurd since i prefer "guatemala" to "powerglide"

dyl, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:33 (three months ago) Permalink

'Guatemala' is terrific too.

Was underwhelmed by some of the tracks as they came out, but, as a group, this is really working for me.

mr.raffles, Thursday, 19 April 2018 03:44 (three months ago) Permalink

i like “close” way more than “guatemala”

J0rdan S., Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:48 (three months ago) Permalink

"close" is niiiiiiiiiicce

Based on its radio play so far "Guatemala" seems like it might be a hit, so I guess Swae knew what he was doing going back to that well

Evan R, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:48 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm a little peeved SR3MM doesn't have a release date yet but if that means that they just keep releasing two new song a week indefinitely I'm totally fine with it

Evan R, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:48 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

swae
cation

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 4 May 2018 01:08 (two months ago) Permalink

feel like swaecation might be more interesting than good but "offshore" is amazing

J0rdan S., Friday, 4 May 2018 05:03 (two months ago) Permalink

emotional diddy music

J0rdan S., Friday, 4 May 2018 13:39 (two months ago) Permalink

“offshore” rules so much

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 4 May 2018 13:42 (two months ago) Permalink

I haven't made it to the Jxmtro section yet

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 May 2018 13:52 (two months ago) Permalink

A friend called Swaecation the 2018 Amplified and I'm inclined to agree. It's not bad, but a little one note compared to what I was hoping for.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 May 2018 14:03 (two months ago) Permalink

oh shit, didn't realise this was out!!

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Friday, 4 May 2018 14:05 (two months ago) Permalink

feel like swaecation might be more interesting than good

feel like this is prob true, the songs themselves are kinda formless, but it’s a pretty mood to sink into. can’t tell if that’s why i suddenly think “hurt to look” sounds fantastic even though i felt relatively cool about it when it came out

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 4 May 2018 14:53 (two months ago) Permalink

I keep reading 'Swaecation' as 'Swaetcorn'

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Friday, 4 May 2018 14:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Jxmtro is the only side that meets expectations

They really spread themselves thin here. The first Sremmlife albums packed each song with melodic ideas, but Swaecation especially is almost stingy with them

Evan R, Friday, 4 May 2018 14:55 (two months ago) Permalink

even grading on the "it's a triple album what did you expect" curve this is really a disappointment :(

Evan R, Friday, 4 May 2018 14:56 (two months ago) Permalink

idk my current evaluation is it came out a few hours ago and i gotta spend more time with it

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 4 May 2018 14:59 (two months ago) Permalink

On my first playthrough and Swaecation sounds incredible despite its lack of hooks and stand-up lines. The panflutes and guitar tones!

The "chinny chin chin" line in Powerglide really spoils an otherwise great track

boxedjoy, Saturday, 5 May 2018 17:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I like the sound of Swaecation but that sequence bores me, mostly.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 May 2018 17:54 (two months ago) Permalink

This whole album feels a lot less... focused than their previous two? And I’m not just talking about the 27 tracks. It’s more... something about how they let their guests steal the spotlight on these songs, something that rarely happened before, even when they had great guests.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 7 May 2018 07:57 (two months ago) Permalink

That being said, I really like all the group album tracks. And a few of the solo tracks. The 3-4 final Jxmtroduction tracks are good.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 7 May 2018 08:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Swaecation makes me think of Charli XCX's Pop 2

boxedjoy, Monday, 7 May 2018 08:08 (two months ago) Permalink

SR3MM proper is the most disappointing disc for me. "Up In My Cocina" is a dull opener, especially by this group's standards, and "Bedtime Stories" is the last thing I want to hear on a Rae Sremmurd album.

Swaecation is hard to criticize because it feels like a hug and it's so sweet and genuine and I love that. But it runs the same basic idea or two into the ground, and I have a hard time believing these are the best possible songs Swae Lee is capable of. It almost feels more like a Future mixtape to me, a myopic snapshot of where an artist's muse is at a very specific moment in their career, rather than a landmark portrait that captures the full scope of his talents.

Evan R, Monday, 7 May 2018 14:03 (two months ago) Permalink

There's enough good scattered throughout all of these sides that I feel greedy saying I wanted more, but I wanted more. "Touchscreen Navigation" is perfect, though, and "Hurt To Look" is classic

Evan R, Monday, 7 May 2018 14:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Interesting. I don' think SR3MM's songs are at their best either (I like "Up in my Cocina" more than you do), but it's the one I listen to most while I feel a real dip in my enthusiasm when I get to Swaecation

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2018 14:06 (two months ago) Permalink

My expectations were highest for Swaecation, because I wanted it to be a real Swae Lee solo debut and not just the bonus disc it essentially is. I don't think it cashes in on his talent or his buzz the way it could have, but once I balance for all of that I can at least appreciate that it mostly does what it sets out to do.

SR3MM though is just really unfocused and uneven and almost perfunctory at times. It feels like the disc the group shorted as they divided their attention across projects

Evan R, Monday, 7 May 2018 14:18 (two months ago) Permalink

I feel like Black Beatles was the sound of them arriving and this is the sound of them discovering that they now have to figure out where to go next. There's just less passion to it all. Like they're trying new stuff because they guess they have to and not out of genuine curiosity. There's a great yacht rock album somewhere inside Swaecation but it hasn't really left the shore. (Thugger does, obvs.)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 7 May 2018 14:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Well I was expecting this album to be a bit patchy and disappointing compared to the last two. Especially after mixed feelings on Migos's bumper album and the fact I've already heard about a fifth of the album already.

I was wrong. It's a thrill-ride and great fun to listen to on shuffle. I've not really had time to check the whole thing out yet but there are already some proper pump your fist moments.

Hire Planes (dog latin), Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:50 (two months ago) Permalink

per hits magazine, failed to outperform the leon bridges album released the same week, even w/ streaming numbers added

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:45 (two months ago) Permalink

they’ve never sold albums

J0rdan S., Saturday, 12 May 2018 07:42 (two months ago) Permalink

That’s true. It strikes me as weird though. The singles aren’t exactly moving like hot cakes either this time around. Why aren’t the kids gravitating towards them? My initial lukewarmness had more to do with sky high expectations than with the actual quality of this album.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 12 May 2018 08:02 (two months ago) Permalink

i thought they might buck that tendency post-"black beatles" and "unforgettable" but that is true enough

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 17:36 (two months ago) Permalink

"powerglide" has actually been holding pretty strong, i think its peak position has been deflated by the crazy distortion of the streaming economy rn--drake to an extent, but mostly by cardi's album and especially post malone's album placing every song on the hot 100. if you look at spotify's weekly chart this week it's the 8th most streamed song on spotify not by drake, cardi or post malone... it's just that that means it's only the 26th most streamed song overall. (i think this is true for a lot of songs... "plug walk", "sad" etc.) "guatemala" and "close" were both on the hot 100 too prior to this deluge, i think things might even out in that regard as we get some distance from the carti/post malone albums

J0rdan S., Saturday, 12 May 2018 17:54 (two months ago) Permalink

i like "guatemala" a lot

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 12 May 2018 18:20 (two months ago) Permalink

me too!

"powerglide" has more room to grow for sure but for now its hot 100 peak seems about right for how much exposure it seems to be getting, more "throw some mo" or "this could be us" than "no type". it is still a streaming-dominated hit and artists that are comfortably/consistently in the spotify top 50 are not really the ones being short-changed in the streaming economy lol. like yeah, big 'event albums' do shake things up a little but it's not tremendously different from when taylor swift would release an album and have every single track clogging up the top 20 on itunes for a week back when itunes was the thing -- basically a blip in the long run.

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 19:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Whenever "Powerglide" comes on the radio it tends to outclass whatever comes on before or after, but I don't hear it on pop radio. It hasn't crossed over like 'Black Beatles,' so they're back to where we were exactly two years ago.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 May 2018 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

well, itunes did distort the charts but not in totality the way streaming is doing right now. itunes sales would shoot a song or two into the top 10 but not have 40% of the hot 100 eaten up by ~4 artists. it shortchanges pretty much every artist except those ones.

J0rdan S., Saturday, 12 May 2018 19:25 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't really consider it a blip on the radar either. it screws with history! especially with distance and as memories get foggier. who is going to be around to tell kids that despite "going #1" nobody actually cared about eminem's "crack a bottle"

J0rdan S., Saturday, 12 May 2018 19:27 (two months ago) Permalink

anyway i think ppl itt are forgetting that the sremm's chart success has always been very fleeting. album 2 was a mess singleswise until black beatles exploded out of nowhere and they had nothing to follow it up. perplexing pegasus was another flop (tho sounds amazing on the album). i think the comfortably midrange peak of powerglide and probably close and maybe guatemala once things clear out a bit reflects that black beatles cemented their status as a second tier rap act, which is actually nice since again things were looking really shaky in between the first album and black beatles. they might have another song (not from this album) float into the top 10 but they're just... pretty popular? not superstars? this has always been the case. the first album had like 4 radio hits and sold zip.

J0rdan S., Saturday, 12 May 2018 19:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Swang was actually a pretty good follow up! But absolutely nobody was tipping it as a single when the album dropped. CLOSE, with its Travis Scott opening verse, looks like a hit on paper but it only just dipped in at 98 in the charts before disappearing again. It might reemerge at some point, but still...

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:33 (two months ago) Permalink

wasn't it an extra/exclusive track? Insofar as those things matter anymore.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:54 (two months ago) Permalink

It was on the «deluxe», which dropped w the album proper. Those bonus tracks were all good iirc.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:05 (two months ago) Permalink

oh yeah i forgot about swang. i don't like that song at all

J0rdan S., Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:08 (two months ago) Permalink

😕

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:15 (two months ago) Permalink

lol "crack a bottle". idk, i'd say the main historical distortion comes from the general lack of willingness to let go of peak chart position as the proxy for how 'big' a song or album was and therefore To What Extent It Reflected And/Or Defined The Zeitgeist.

like, if you look at how "crack a bottle" did on the charts week-by-week, you can see the history pretty accurately: it sold a ton for one week (its first) then receded to obscurity quite quickly. same for, like, taylor hicks's "do i make you proud" and so forth. the charts were not really inaccurate to have these songs near or at the top of the charts on the weeks that they peaked, but the general fixation on peaks does lead us to inaccurate conclusions in such cases.

there was a time when chart runs pretty much all had the same 'shape' -- debut at a low-to-moderate position, rise a fairly steady number of positions each week until a plateau is reached, then tumble down rather quickly -- so peak position pretty much could tell you all you needed to know about how well a single performed. that period ended in the 90s, post-soundscan, but our favored ways of representing How The Culture Evolved has not really progressed past the joel whitburn book approach (debut date/peak position/weeks on chart). (the most commonly viewed repositories of distilled chart info, wikipedia articles, have narrowed the focus almost entirely on peak position.)

anyway! i need to spend some time with this album.

dyl, Sunday, 13 May 2018 02:55 (two months ago) Permalink


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